Bearfoot departed Kodiak on Sunday after a busy weekend of performances. The
five musicians may be gone but they've left something of themselves behind:
their influence on some local musicians.
assistance of Karen and Ben Millstein, Bearfoot shared their talents in a music
workshop on Sunday. Yesterday, Ben Millstein shared his impressions of the
-- (Bearfoot Wrksp 1 "It
was great ...hearing it a lot.")
people took advantage of the opportunity to learn from the seasoned performers.
Most of the students were young; with skills covering a broad range of
abilities. Millstein talked about the significance of the event.
-- (Bearfoot Wrksp 2 "It's
hard in a ... and invaluable.")
and his wife direct the "Fiddleheads". Many of Sunday's workshop participants
were members of that family-oriented jam group.
-- (Bearfoot Wrksp 3 "Maybe
half of ... lot of tips.")
of Bearfoot frequently give workshops and teach at camps. On Sunday they
managed to keep their young students' attention for three and a half hours. The
kids stayed focused as they worked on several variations of their new song. All
of the players came together at the end to show what they had learned. It was
similar to what the Fiddleheads do at their weekly gatherings.
said he and his wife formed Fiddleheads as a way to help their kids learn how
to value music. He talked about how hard learning an instrument can be and he
addressed a question that many parents have: how to get them to practice.
-- (Bearfoot Wrkshp 4A "It's hard for ...
good clean fun.")
He said that when the kids value
music they're inspired to work at it more than if they're simply told to.
thought that many of the kids were inspired to work hard at the workshop after
being "wowed" by Bearfoot in concert. Bearfoot continues its Alaskan tour this
week with performances in Homer on Thursday and in Anchorage on Friday.